Assistant professor's film to debut in Venice Film Festival

Rachel Marciano
July 28, 2017

Later this summer, a film by Alireza Khatami, an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media, will debut at the 74th annual Venice Film Festival. The film, "Oblivion Verses," depicts the story of an elderly caretaker for a remote morgue who discovers the body of a young woman killed during a protest. He embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial before the militia returns. 

The 74th annual Venice Film Festival will run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9 in Venice, Italy. The international festival is the oldest film festival in the world, and known as one of the "Big Three," alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The festival is part of the Venice Biennale, which was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895. Today, the Biennale includes a range of separate events including exhbitions for art, music, theatre, architecture and dance.